WR B.J. Hammond Talks MSU Commitment

Gadsden City (AL) HS WR B.J. Hammond made his commitment to Mississippi State earlier today. He talks about the process leading up to his commitment and about the commitment itself.

  • Name: B.J. Hammond
  • Classification: 2013
  • High School: Gadsden City (AL) High School
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • HT: 6-4, WT: 207
  • Scout.com Ranking: 3-Star
  • Commitment: Mississippi State

  • This was not a step that Hammond took lightly. He visited several other schools that were recruiting him just to make sure he was choosing the right school. And one school stood out, even while coming back from his visit to LSU.

    "The past couple of days I was at LSU, then I was on my way home and I thought about my recruitment process and how schools have been treating me," said Hammond. "And Mississippi State has been legit from the beginning."

    In Hammond's mind, legit appears to be consistently loyal. And he feels Mississippi State showed that loyalty to him better than any other school.

    "It wasn't that I wasn't wanted by other schools but Mississippi State went after me hard and really showed that they wanted me," said Hammond, who turned down numerous offers. "That got my attention and why I committed."

    A childhood friend of his helped him understand the importance of loyalty and being wanted and what can happen when you go with that feeling.

    "(NFL first-round draft pick) Dre Kirkpatrick, who I grew up with, told me to go somewhere where you are wanted, and I learned from that," said Hammond.

    He also learned something else from Kirkpatrick - you can help build a program, something that Hammond feels he can do at Mississippi State.

    "When Dre Kirkpatrick was being recruited, Alabama was just building their program," said Hammond. "(Alabama head coach) Nick Saban was just building his program. Dre came in and contributed to building it and they won a national championship. I'm not trying to follow in his footsteps but he's a good example of where I am trying to get to. He made it, so I feel like if I go in and make an impact I can make it, too."

    He sees similarities between what Saban has done at Alabama and what Mullen is trying to do at Mississippi State.

    "I think what (Dan Mullen) is doing with the facilities and his relationship with the players is really important. Mississippi State is something like two touchdowns from being a championship. I can go get that for them."

    Another fact that Hammond likes is the possibility that he will be able to contribute as a freshman.

    "They also have five seniors leaving which opens up an opportunity for me to play as a true freshman," said Hammond.

    But he also knows nothing will be given to him, it will have to be earned. He's ready for the challenge.

    "I feel like Mississippi State will do a good job of developing my body to the next level," said Hammond. "I feel like the strength coaches do a good job of working their kids out. I've seen how hard they work them. I'm ready for that work. I'm not scared of work or the competition of the SEC. High School football is a contact sport. SEC football is a collision sport. I'm ready for it."

    Just like he was ready when he walked into Dan Mullen's office today and told him he was going to be a Bulldog.

    "I was walking into (Dan Mullen's) office and the look Dan gave me when he looked into my eyes was like, 'I wonder what this kid is about to tell me. I hope this is a commit right here,' " said Hammond. "For him to get my mom on the speaker phone and for him to be looking at me like that, then when I said I am going to be committing to Mississippi State, it was great. He was jumping up and down telling me that he got his number 1 receiver. It was crazy, it was real. I really like Dan Mullen. He's a great coach."

    And an even happier coach after receiving the commitment from Hammond.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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